They just never elicited the same reaction in me. There’s no real explanation for it; it’s just the way I am. But, no matter my scepticism for watching them race, the idea of riding one of those wobbly-looking contraptions, though, has always fascinated me.
Since I’m in no danger of becoming an obsessive convert to the temple of two wheels there was no danger in me joining the majority of the GRR team in having a bike licence, as I’d probably remain an occasional biker, rather than a 24/7 two-wheeled hero. And it seemed a bit odd for me to be pretty much the only one without any experience on a bike. So when our friends at Honda asked if any of us fancied taking up the challenge of learning, I said yes straight away.
In case you didn’t know, the first stage on the journey to becoming a demon on two wheels is to take your CBT, which stands for Compulsory Basic Training in this case, not Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as Google will have you believe – although considering the potential therapeutic effect of riding a bike, it might as well be.
Without going into a long-winded feature on how astonishingly easy it is to be allowed on the road on a motorised bicycle, the CBT is as straightforward as the ‘basic’ bit of its name suggests: a single-day course featuring a mixture of classroom talks, carpark exercises and two hours out on the road. As long as you’re prepared to listen to your instructor, it is simplicity itself, as long as you’ve already passed your driving test in a car.